For the LORD God is a sun and a shield; the LORD gives grace and glory: no good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. Psalm 84:11(NASB)
Eve was vulnerable to Satan precisely because she was sinless. He came disguised as an “angel of light,” a messenger of God. He spoke a message she wanted to hear, and she did not detect evil because she had never encountered evil.
Satan knew his deception would work simply because it had worked on him. According to Isaiah 14:13-14, he also wanted knowledge beyond what his Creator had given him. He, too, allowed his heart to desire what God had forbidden.
Paul makes it clear in 2 Corinthians 11:3 that Eve’s flaw was naivete. Her sin was unbelief: she doubted God’s word. She then disobeyed because she questioned His goodness.
Satan convinced Eve that God was holding out on her. Eve wanted the “knowledge of good and evil” because she thought the fruit would make her wise. However, Genesis 3 indicates that the result of eating the fruit was shame (v. 7), blame (v. 13), and pain (v. 16).
Satan promised Eve something good, but she received only evil. Satan can tempt us with a lot of good gifts: love, security, knowledge, and significance. But he cannot deliver them because they are not his gifts to give. James 1:17 reminds us that “every good gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights.” C. S. Lewis put it this way: “The source of every good thing is God. That there could be any other good is an atheistic dream.”
Meditating on God’s Word is one way we develop a proper fear of God—a reverential trust that motivates us to willingly obey His commands. When we, like Eve, are tempted to doubt God’s word or the certainty of His goodness, passages like Psalm 86 can redirect our attention to what is really true.
Solomon was the wisest man that ever lived. What does he say about the source of wisdom in Proverbs 1: 1-7?
What was Adam’s role in the fall? Study the following passages: 1 Timothy 2:14, Romans 5:12-19, 1 Corinthians 15:21-22).
Meditate on Psalm 86 this week. What does David suggest we do to maintain a right attitude toward God?
You might also want to read Eve: Part One.
Denise K. Loock